Con­tinue us­ing wa­ter spar­ingly

The Star Late Edition - - NEWS - ILANIT CHERNICK @Lanc_02

THE DEPART­MENT of Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion has called on South Africans to con­tinue us­ing wa­ter spar­ingly.

A me­dia tour of the Vaal Dam in Deneysville yes­ter­day aimed to ex­plain how rain­fall over the past few months has im­pacted the Vaal River sys­tem since Novem­ber.

Deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral of emer­gency projects Trevor Balzer ex­plained that the sys­tem con­sists of 14 dams, with the Vaal Dam be­ing just one.

“Be­fore we can con­sider lift­ing re­stric­tions, we need the level of the Vaal River sys­tem to be at 70 per­cent or above,” he said. Balzer em­pha­sised that the Vaal Dam was not the only in­di­ca­tor when look­ing at wa­ter sup­ply lev­els for Gaut­eng.

Al­though it had picked up a sig­nif­i­cant amount of wa­ter over the past week, Gaut­eng and the coun­try in its en­tirety were not out of the woods. “The na­tional wa­ter level was at 48.8 per­cent full last week and it’s gone up to 50.7 per­cent this week. It’s not enough,” Balzer said.

“The rain that falls in south­ern parts of Joburg, Gaut­eng and the Wilge River area in the Free State is what sup­plies the Vaal.”

The depart­ment’s Sput­nik Ratau added: “We need sig­nif­i­cantly above-nor­mal rain­fall. We have to re­mem­ber that with high tem­per­a­tures there is also a high evap­o­ra­tion rate. The more rain we get, the bet­ter. We need to take the mes­sage the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties say se­ri­ously.”

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